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Chaudhary: Labour Eyes $3.50 Minimum Wage

Fiji Labour Party will immediately raise the minimum wage to $3.50 from $2.68, if it comes into power after the November 14 General Election. This is highlighted in the party’s
02 Nov 2018 12:37
Chaudhary: Labour Eyes $3.50 Minimum Wage
Fiji Labour Party leader and former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

Fiji Labour Party will immediately raise the minimum wage to $3.50 from $2.68, if it comes into power after the November 14 General Election.

This is highlighted in the party’s manifesto that was launched by party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, at the Wesley Church Hall in Suva yesterday. Of all the opposition political parties this is the lowest minimum wage increase proposed so far.

SODELPA is proposing a $4 minimum wage, Unity Fiji and National Federation Party are proposing a $5 minimum wage and HOPE Party is proposing a $10 minimum wage.

The FijiFirst party said they would have to do a consultation before implementing a minimum wage rate rise.

Mr Chaudhry said they were taking into consideration the high cost of living. Some highlights of the party’s manifesto include:

 

Education

Labour will review TELS. For those students who successfully complete their course of study, Labour will reduce the loan repayment to 50 per cent of the borrowed sum. Mr Chaudhry said his party would continue the existing free education, but would also provide for an allowance to be given directly to low income parents to enable them to buy uniforms, shoes and school bags for their children.

“Labour will explore the possibility of our large, well-equipped schools to be accredited to recognised universities, both local and abroad, to reduce the high cost of university education,” he said.

 

Infrastructure

Labour will review all major infrastructure projects.

Mr Chaudhry said the party would remove Fiji Roads Authority (FRA)and re-instate the Public Works Department (PWD) to be responsible for road infrastructure.

 

Health

Labour will undertake a study to establish a National Health Insurance Scheme through the FNPF to provide medical cover to all workers and their families. The cover will also be available to others at affordable rates.

 

Media

Mr Chaudhry said labour would review the media industry development decree to remove the “harsh penalties and restrictions on media freedom.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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